Health Calendar, July 21, 2014

Alzheimer’s session WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session on “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Medicare session WHAT: ABCs of Medicare WHEN: 1 … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 21, 2014

My niece is getting married in another state and I would like to take my mother, her grandmother, to the ceremony. What are some tips and strategies in traveling with someone who has Alzheimer’s? Though we all enjoy a change of scenery and a break from our schedules, it is often not the case for individuals … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 21, 2014

Is there any link between obesity and cancer? Research suggests that certain lifestyle behaviors and being overweight or obese may contribute to around 20 or 30 percent of cancers in America today. It is also estimated that 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in … Continue reading →

High diagnosis rates on par with obesity in U.S.

FOX photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Veteran 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, a Baton Rouge native, suffers from Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is one of America’s greatest public health battles. And Louisiana is on the front lines, with 49 of 64 parishes included in the “diabetes belt,” a string of counties and parishes in the Southeast with high occurrences of the disease. The state ranks fourth in the nation in the rate of diabetes diagnoses, according … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 14, 2014

WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session: “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 14, 2014

My young children do not understand why their grandmother no longer recognizes them or knows their name. How can I explain to them about Alzheimer’s disease and how to relate to their grandmother? Just as Alzheimer’s disease is unique in each affected individual, so are your children when it comes to discussions about the illness. What … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 14, 2014

What is brachytherapy? Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy where energy waves or particles can be used to fight cancer. Radiation can damage and kill the cancer cells in the body, but it can also damage healthy cells. Though healthy cells can usually recover from the treatment, unlike the cancer cells, doctors will often … Continue reading →

Activity gets a new queen: Miss Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance  Lacey Sanchez, of Baton Rouge, crowned Miss Louisiana 2014

Newly crowned Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez wants kids to become physically active. It’s a platform she is uniquely qualified to push. When Sanchez, a Baton Rouge resident, was crowned on June 28 in Monroe, she became the first collegiate varsity athlete to become Miss Louisiana, according to the pageant’s executive director, Dewana Little. Sanchez was a … Continue reading →

Ideal Protein plan is called 'nutrition on autopilot'

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- In the initial phases, followers of the Ideal Protein program eat the company's foods, which can cost $80 to $90 per week.

Lately, it seems everyone is talking about Ideal Protein, the weight-loss plan du jour. It’s so popular you can even find Ideal Protein items on the menus of several area restaurants. So, exactly what is this diet protocol and what makes it so popular? “Ideal Protein is a weight-loss program that’s about losing … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 7, 2014

WHAT: Baton Rouge Chapter Scleroderma Support Group meeting WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 WHERE: Latte E Miele Gelateria and Coffeehouse, 7809 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: Del Anselmo at (225) 756-2452 or (225) 324-3666. WHAT: Diabetes Education & Awareness group meeting WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 7, 2014

How do I keep my father from driving? This is a common dilemma with someone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. You certainly want to keep your dad’s pride in tact and let him have control as long as possible; however, eventually anyone with this brain disorder will become unsafe to drive because … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 7, 2014

What types of treatments are considered adjuvant therapies? According to the National Cancer Institute, adjuvant therapy is additional treatment given after the primary cancer treatment concludes. Adjuvant therapy is used to improve the chances of a cure or decrease the chances of a recurrence. Different types of adjuvant therapy include … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 30, 2014

What is a cancer genome? According to the National Cancer Institute, a genome is the complete genetic material of a living organism. Packaged sets of chromosomes that make up the genes of a cell make up a genome. A cancer genome is the DNA from a cancer cell. Small changes or mutations in … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 30, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. When is it time to consider hospice care? Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that centers on the palliation of a terminally or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms and also attending to that patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. At end-stage Alzheimer’s disease, … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 30, 2014

WHAT: HIV and syphilis testing. WHEN & WHERE: Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., offers HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and syphilis testing from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., offers testing from 9 a.m. to noon … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 23, 2014

WHAT: Deafblind Awareness Symposium, hosted by the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Human Development Center’s Louisiana Deafblind Project. WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 WHERE: Louisiana Department of Education Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: Free and open to the public with registration. Register by emailing … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 23, 2014

What are the parts of a clinical trial? According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials are research studies that test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer and other diseases. While there are several different types of research involved in clinical trials, such as prevention research, screening research and survivorship research, most … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 23, 2014

As a health care professional caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis, I have been experiencing some sleep difficulties and changes in my mood and appetite. It seems I just don’t have the energy to care for these individuals and my patience is wearing very thin. Is this depression? Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s … Continue reading →

How to make healthier groceries

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Registered dietition Kristen Gradney advises those looking for healthier foods to shop around the perimeter of grocery stores and to read nutrition labels carefully when buying from the aisles. She is shown at Calandro's Supermarket on Perkins Road.

You want to eat better. You really do. But you show up at the grocery store, and none of the aisle signs say “Healthy Food.” Kristen Gradney has a strategy for you. A registered dietitian with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Gradney says you just have to know where to look. Here’s … Continue reading →

Pennington center comfy with website’s healthy satire

Pennington Biomedical Research Center made headlines a few days ago for a study that finds “People Who Sit For At Least 5 Hours Each Day Are Comfier.” And, while those of us kicked back in our La-Z-Boys know it’s true, the story, alas, was not. The headline came from the satirical news website The Onion. … Continue reading →

Pennington plans Parkinson’s Conference

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease and about 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. In Louisiana, Parkinson’s affects more than 65,000 individuals — one of the higher incidence rates in the nation. According to the American Journal of Managed Care, the annual economic impact of Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. is roughly $10.8 … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 16, 2014

WHAT: Fitness 101 WHEN: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 WHERE: Baton Rouge General Mid City, Wellness Center (entrance 4, fourth floor of the Medical Office Building) COST: Free DETAILS: Learn about the basic components and benefits of physical fitness, tips on how to get started and move forward with a fitness plan and how … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 16, 2014

What processes make up cancer research? Cancer research includes many different areas of interest. Most discoveries start in labs where scientists do basic or fundamental research into the human body. These scientists might or might not be testing for a specific hypothesis as they try to understand how the body works, including on a cellular level. … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 16, 2014

My wife is so resistant to taking a bath or shower. What are some strategies I can use to make the experience more comfortable and nonthreatening for her? Personal hygiene and bath times are particularly taxing on caregivers who are trying to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Keep in mind that … Continue reading →

Alvin Temple offers program centered on clean eating, exercise

Photo by LESLIE D. ROSE -- Judy Bazile, left, and Natalie Mead say Alvin Temple's Get Fresh program, which focuses on eating less processed or 'clean' foods, has made them healthier.

In a country where fad dieting and exaggerated food claims are popular, you can struggle making choices that fit your health and vanity needs. Add deep-fried Louisiana temptation and say goodbye to your favorite jeans and hello to elastic waistbands. Tired of all the fib-filled food labels, 39-year-old Alvin Temple created his own program to help … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 9, 2014

Should those affected by a cancer consider counseling? According to the National Cancer Institute, almost all cancer patients have feelings of distress while dealing with their diagnosis. Common feelings of distress can include: sadness, fear, feeling alone, depression, panic and spiritual uncertainty. Many patients, as well as their loved ones, may benefit from counseling … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 9, 2014

What are some safety precautions I need to take around my home now that my mother who has Alzheimer’s is living with me? Your mother’s abilities and capabilities will change as the disease progresses, and it is good that you are thinking about providing safety measures for her while she is in your care. Following … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 9, 2014

WHAT: “Is Al-Anon for you?” is the topic for the support group meeting for parents of troubled adults. WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. June 12 INFORMATION: For location and registration, call Fran Dinehart, (504) 831-8475, ext. 134 by June 11. DETAILS: Sponsored by Jewish Family Service and Jewish Children’s Regional Service, meetings offer help and hope … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 2, 2014

Chronic illness group WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness. WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. INFORMATION: (225) 337-1633 or DETAILS: All faiths or none are welcome. Alzheimer’s Lunch-N-Learn WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn program on “Challenging Behaviors,” by Alzheimer’s Services of … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 2, 2014

I recently heard something on the news about cancer stem cells. What are they? Cancer stem cells (or CSC) are a certain type of cancer cell, that according to the National Cancer Institute, “the theory goes, these cells are distinct from the other cells that form the bulk of a tumor in that they can self-perpetuate … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 2, 2014

Now that hurricane season has begun, what are some emergency preparedness measures I should take to ensure the safety of my loved one and me? In a natural disaster, such as hurricanes, tornados, fires, floods, blizzards and earthquakes, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be especially vulnerable. Their limited mental capacity may severely limit … Continue reading →

BMI a vital tool, but it can yield some surprises

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- LSU graduate student Chen Fei Gao, right, runs a body scan on Advocate reporter Kyle Peveto at  Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Last week I learned something a little distressing: I’m 4 pounds from being obese — at least according to one measure. In talking to Dr. Steven Heymsfield of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center about body mass index, a formula used to estimate a person’s body fat, he guessed my BMI to be 24 … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, May 26, 2014

What relationship does diabetes have with Alzheimer’s? Almost 21 million Americans have diabetes, a disease that makes the body less able to convert sugar to energy. Researchers reported in last October’s issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease a strong correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood sugar levels. The study revealed that individuals with … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, May 26, 2014

What is a survivorship plan, and why should I have one as a cancer survivor? The transition from treatment to life after treatment can be difficult; although, until recently, few recognized it as such. In 2005, the Institute of Medicine published a report recognizing both the emotional and physical difficulties faced by cancer survivors. … Continue reading →

Health Calendar, May 26, 2014

WHAT: Walk for Humanity to raise funds to provide basic humanitarian services to children and families in Ethiopia and other Third World countries. WHEN: Saturday, May 31. 1-mile walk starts at 8 a.m.; 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. WHERE: North and Fourth streets, downtown Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: $30 until May 29; $35 … Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, May 19, 2014

How should a caregiver respond to a loved one who is exhibiting hypersexuality behaviors? Hypersexuality can be defined as extremely frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity. Hypersexuality happens because of a loss of impulse control, a lost sense of appropriate public or private behavior, or because of … Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, May 19, 2014

What causes skin damage? Skin damage is caused by ultraviolet, or UV, rays. These are invisible forms of radiation that come from the sun, and while there are three types of UV rays, only two — UVA and UVB — reach the Earth’s surface and cause damage to the skin. UVA … Continue reading →

After years of study, high cholesterol foods -- red meat, eggs, butter -- are found to play a very small role in raising cholesterol

Associated Press file photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America/Ben Fink -- An optional garnish is aadded to an omelet while it is being cooked in the pan. If you are using cheese, spread it around the eggs in an even layer to give it a chance to melt. Other garnishes, like ham or mushrooms, should be placed in the center of the omelet in a line.

Forget what you know about lowering your cholesterol. Eat some red meat. Use a little bit of real butter and cheese. And stop eating egg whites. Doctors and dietitians are learning that the popular low-fat and low-cholesterol diets popularized in the past 40 years just did not work. “We are really just uncovering … Continue reading →